This hymn text takes as its theme the need for Christians to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. God showed his love by sending his son Jesus to “become flesh and dwell among us” (st. 1). We may experience peace through divine grace (st. 2) and be agents of healing (st. 3). And we are to be “light, salt, and yeast” in the world, to witness to the “last, lost, and least” (st. 4). Note how the opening verbs for each stanza – “Take,” “Bless,” “Break,” and “Give” – are also the primary verbs for the actions in the Lord’s Supper: a wonderful way of connecting our daily walk with the Lord with the spiritual nourishment of this sacrament.
Sing! A New Creation
God’s grace grants our baptism, and gives us our identity and our calling; however, it is up to us, with a renewed spirit, to respond to his call. We understand that just as “God reminds and assures us of our union with Christ in covenant love,” he also is “expecting our love and trust in return” (Our World Belong to God, paragraph 37).
“We hear the Spirit’s call to love one another…to accept one another and to share at every level…and so fulfill the love of Christ” (Song of Hope, stanza 12). As washed and sanctified people, God’s children are called to “more and more [we] become dead to sin and live holy and blameless lives,” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 26, Question and Answer 70) and this means “the dying away of the old-self, and the rising-to-life of the new” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 33, Question and Answer 88). And so, as part of our baptism, God’s children are called to offer their lives to Christ.